Friday, 13 October 2017

LSARRC News 10th October

Kirsten and Sue Hawitt at Chester Marathon

Success for LSARRC with Graham Webster achieving gold at the NVAC Championships at Newcastle Under Lyne, and an impressive ru by Neil Tate at the Kielder Marathon and Neil Toft at the Chester Marathon.

Sunday 8th October 2017 was a busy day for LSARRC members with members running at the Kielder Marathon in Northumberland, the Chester Marathon, West Coast Half Marathon in Preston, NVAC 10,000m Championship at Newcastle-U-Lyne and Yorkshire 10-mile race.

The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland.  Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon is the finale to a weekend of events, starting with the Kielder 10K and the Kielder Run Bike Run followed by the Kielder Half Marathon and junior races.

Congratulations to Neil Tate ran a fantastic time of 3:15:04 and came 23rd.   Neil described it as the hardest run he has ever done with the continuous hills, 1700ft of climbing in short sharp ascents throughout, but the scenery was stunning.  Mark Hughes also ran the Kielder Marathon and achieved a good time of 5:05:50 coming 503rd.

The Chester Marathon took place on Sunday 8th October, the race is flat/undulating and starts and finishes at Chester racecourse.  Lytham had 2 runners Mike Toft and Sue Hawitt.

Mike Toft at Chester Marathon
Mike Toft ran superbly to gain 44th position in a fantastic time of 2:44:34.  Sue Hawitt took part in the Inaugural England Age Group Masters Marathon Representative Team at the Chester Marathon.  This was Sue’s second marathon to date.  Her finishing time was 4:10:41 knocking off 12:54 off last years’ time and keeping the club record for Marathon F Vet 50.

Kirsten Burnett ran the metric marathon (26.2K) which starts later than the marathon meaning all the runners end up together for the last few miles.  The route was through the historic city of Chester but then mainly on country roads.  Ideal weather conditions with drizzle over last few miles being very welcome.  Kirsten finished in 2:34:19 which was a personal best over this unusual distance.

Darren Ames

The West Coast Half Marathon also on Sunday 8th October saw several Lytham runners compete.  The organisers description highlights the unique flat, point to point race starting in Preston, passing through Preston Docks, onto the Guild Wheel, through Freckleton into Warton, and on to Lytham St Anne’s for the grand finish at Fairhaven Lake.

There was an impressive turnout of 14 LSARRC participants, this was the second running of this event, conditions were good with just a slight headwind being felt as the coastline neared.  First home for LSARRC was Alex Tate, followed by his older brother Ian Tate and then Darran Ames.  The first lady was Alexandra Everest.
Paula McCandless
 Results:  Alex Tate was 11th in 1:28:02:87, Ian Tate came 41st in 1:40:07:55, Darran Ames closely behind in 42nd in a time of 1:40:18:04, Richard Storey was 54th in 1:43:26:70, Kevin Murray was 79th in 1:48:14:48, Roy Stevens was 106th in 1:53:50:78, Alexandra Everest in 1:54:40:16 coming 111th, Chris Bowker 114th in 1:54:56:37Ian Balshaw was 180th in 2:07:55:28, Jacqui Murray achieved a time of 2:12:10:01 and came 197th, Laura Byrne 2:14:27:26 coming 205th, closely behind Christine Walker in 2:14:48:71 coming 206th,  and Jeremy McCandless 2:19:58:21 gaining 225th position.

It was a gold medal at the 10,000m Newcastle under Lyne NVAC Championship for Graham Webster who completed the run in 41:46:2, V65 category.

At the PlusNet Yorkshire 10-mile race in York on Sunday LSARRC was represented by Olivia Johnson-Allen, who completed the 10 miles in 01:37:14. She finished in 1,835th place in a large race of over 3,100 competitors.
Olivia Allen

Many Lytham runners completed parkruns on Saturday 7th October and a number of juniors attended the Parkview junior parkrun in Lytham on 8th October.

Lytham Hall Park parkrun on 7th October 2017 18 club members took part.  Chris McCarthy secured first place in a time of 18:08.  Justin Allitt, Neil Bayntun-Roberts, and Mark Selby came 5th, 6th and 7th respectively.  Morgan Pritchard came an impressive 9th given he is a junior member of LSARRC.  Jennifer Hill continues to run well and she was the first female home in a time of 21:16.

Other results included:  Darran Ames 22:23, James Buckley 22:23, Neil Tate 22:31, Kev Murray 22:31, Stephen Tate 26:17, Holly Anderson 27:45, Jake Balshaw 27:57, Robert Parker 28:38, Jacqui Murray 28:50, Gillian Glover 30:13, Michelle Sheridan 31:42, and Sarah Bagshaw 32:34.

Several other Lytham runners competed parkruns across the north west.  Gill Draper and Andrew Draper completed the Woodhouse Moor parkrun and achieved times of 21:53 and 21:54.

Felicity Wolohan attended the Princes parkrun n Liverpool and was the first female, 12th overall in a time of 20:19.

The Cuerden Valley park run saw John Graham Bertenshaw in attendance (22:35) and Graham Webster (22:56) who came 13th 1sr V65.

At the Park View Junior parkrun on Sunday 8th December Morgan Pritchard was first home in 7:46 and Charlie Ormerod was 2nd in 7:55. Rebecca Fisher was the first girl in 10:02 and achieved a new personal best, and her younger sister Charlotte Fisher was 3rd girl in 10:06.  Other results included:  Jack Greaves 10:09, Blair Selbie 10:30, and Ella Wiseman 10:41.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

LSARRC News 3rd October 2017

LSARRC at Lytham Hall parkrun takeover
On Saturday 30th September Lytham St Anne’s Road Runners took over Lytham Hall parkrun.  A takeover is where a club provides most of the volunteer roles allowing the club to promote itself, and in this case, the forthcoming Green Drive 5 race.  Despite a surplus of volunteer helpers, the club still managed to field 24 competitors, including the four volunteer pacers and the first two finishers.  Although not strictly a competitive race, Andy Unsworth and Alex Tate entertained spectators with a close battle for the lead.  Andy came out on top, winning by six seconds in 18:19.

Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill ran the course in 21:19 and gained the first female spot and junior Sophie Bohannon was second female in 21:26.  Amara Thorpe another Lytham junior achieved a personal best of 24:39.  Full results:  Andy Unsworth (18:19), Alex Tate (18:25), Mark Selby (20:41), Paul Veevers (21:06), Jennifer Hill (21:19), Sophie Bohannon (21:26), Graham Webster (23:00), Emily Balshaw (23:03), Richard Harry Storey (23:10), Amara Thorpe (24:39), Terry Hellings (24:40), Kirsten Burnett (26:09), Greg Oulton (26:17), Kev Murray (26:20), Stephen Tate (27:27), Jake Balshaw (27:44), Ian Balshaw (27:45), Laura Byrne (28:31), Jacqui Murray (28:32),Robert Parker (29:58), Sarah Bagshaw (33:08), Ella Wiseman (37:34), Nicola Wiseman (37:35) and Jeremy McCandless (43:33 tail walker).

Andy Unsworth and Alex Tate
Junior Eric Wrigley was the sole runner for Lytham at the the Blackpool Parkrun and gained a new personal best of 23:58.  Neil Bayntun-Roberts of Lytham completed the Banstead Woods Parkrun in 21:53 and came 28th.  The Leamington Parkrun was attended by Felicity Wolohan she ran 21:12 and was the 4th female.

On Sunday 1st October 2017, the Park View Junior Parkrun in Lytham was attended by eleven Lytham juniors.  Charlie Ormerod came 3rd in a time of 8:00.  Other results included: Lucy Bohannon (9:15), Archie Tate (9:28), Jake Balshaw (9:45), Jayden Richardson (9:46), Jack Greaves (10:08), Holly Anderson (10:10), Rebecca Fisher (10:22), Charlotte Fisher (10:24), Blair Selbie (11:28), and Sophie Tate (12:46).

Also on Sunday 1st October Jacqui Murray and Kirsten Burnett ran the Congleton “Sting in the tail” half marathon.  This is a small club run event in rural Cheshire, named for the steep hill that runners face about a mile before the finish.  The race was friendly, well organised and superbly supported by encouraging marshals, taking you through picturesque and undulating countryside.  Thankfully the forecast rain held off meaning conditions were pleasant.  Kirsten finished in 2:07:14 and Jacqui close behind in 2:09:45.

The Mawdsley Millemium 10k trail race held on 1st October was attended by Greg Oulton.  The course was flat but muddy with a couple of boggy fields with long grass to cross.  Greg ran well and finished in 1:42 coming 72nd out of 131 runners.

Pam Binns of Lytham competed in the Jersey marathon on 1st October, and completed the run in 5:05:10 and was 348th out of 402 females.  The Jersey Marathon is an annual marathon staged in Jersey, Channel Islands.  The course starts and finishes at Weighbridge Place, St. Helier, and is set out over the town streets, central, north and west of the island.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

LSARRC News 26th September 2017


Congratulations to Barbara Holmes who became Sprint Distance Triathlon World Champion (F55-59) held in Rotterdam on 17th September.  Barbara retained her title having won in 2016 in Cozumel.  The race included a 750m swim in Rinjnhaven dock, a 20k technical bike (crossing 3 landmark bridges), and a 5k run in Het Park.  After 4 days of solid rain the competitors were lucky with a warmer, dry race day.  Barbara won the F55-59 category of 53 ladies in times of 11:57 (swim), 38:04 (bike) and 21:32 (run).

At the Lytham Hall Park parkrun on Saturday 23rd September there were 17 Lytham members who ran the course.  Andrew Draper finished first in a time of 17:54 and Susan Samme was the second female runner, overall 11th position in 21:11.  Laura Bremner gained a new PB of 21:40 and was 19th overall and 4th female.

Full results:  Andrew Draper (17:54), Neil Bayntun-Roberts (20:25), Mark Selby (20:34), Justin Allitt (20:41), Susan Samme (21:11), Gill Draper (21:22), Darran Ames (21:34), Laura Bremner (21:40), Graham Webster (21:40), James Buckley (22:52), Peter Reid (23:54), Kirsten Burnett (24:26), Stephen Tate (26:17), Robert Parker (27:26), Laura Byrne (28:46), Ruth Bye (29:50), Michelle Sheridan (31:47), Sarah Bagshaw (32:58), and Penny Morrison (35:56).
Neil Tate ran the Blackpool park run and came 2nd in 18:39, and Jennifer Hill ran a new pb of 21:57.  Kevin Murray ran the Dunfermline parkrun and completed the course in 24:00.
The Run Preston event retuned to the City on Sunday 24th September 2017.  The event started with a 10k run at 09.00am.  The 5k run at 10.00am and the 2k run at 1.00pm. in Avenham Park.

Four Lytham runners completed the 10k course.  Melanie Koth came 3rd in her age group (vet 40) in 45:32 146th overall, Kathy Gaunt 49:03 249th overall, 20th lady, 1st V50, Ian Balshaw 1:00:17 662 overall and Christine Walker 1:00:47 678 overall, 678 overall, 172 lady, 32nd lady V45.

Nineteen junior members of LSARRC took park in the Preston 2k and 5k run.  In the 5k Morgan Pritchard came 20th in 22:38, Emily Balshaw ran the course in 23:17 to come 24th, Sydney Ramsden was 56th in 25:01 and Lucy Bohanon came 79th in 27:02.

The Preston 2k run wasn’t timed but the following juniors completed the course: George Deyne, Jessica Ramsden, Reef Breakell, Billy Breakell, Eric Wrigley, Emily Wrigley, Amara Thorpe, Clemmie Tierney, Ella Wiseman, Lioma Bielec, Rosa Bilec, Archie Tate, Sebbie koth-Wragg, and Charlie Ormerod.

At the junior Park View Parkrun in Lytham Jayden Richardson ran the course in 9:13, Rebecca Fisher gained a new pb of 10:06, Charlotte Fisher ran 10:10 and Sophie Tate completed the course in 13:00.

Report by Vanessa Thomson

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

LSARRC News 19th September 2017

On Sunday 10th September Rebecca Willetts took part in the Fleetwood Sprint Triathlon, in very bad conditions she achieved a good time, 1:34:15.  The winner of the whole trilogy series was a LSARRC member Andy Unsworth.

The 2017 Northern Athletics Road Relay championships were held at Sports City, Manchester on Saturday 16th September.  The event attracts teams from the strongest clubs in the North of England and it was left to the senior men to fly the flag for Lytham St Anne’s Road Runners.  The men’s race consisted of six legs of approximately 4 miles and a below strength Lytham men’s team nevertheless represented the club well.  First off for Lytham and quickest of the day was Paul Veevers who completed the course 22: 52.  Completing the 6-man team were Terry Hellings (28: 30), Greg Oulton (34: 12), Thomas Howarth (24: 25), Mark Hughes (27: 28) with Graham Webster (26: 46) bringing the team home in 92nd place from 127 entered.

At the Blackpool park run there were 11 runners from Lytham.  Darran Ames achieved a personal best of 21:20 and Gil Draper also achieved a personal best of 21:35 and was the second female.  Other results included Andrew Draper (23:13), Kev Murray (23:14 pb), Roy Stevens (25:15 first timer), Robert Parker (25:35, first timer), Ian Balshaw (26:33 pb), Jacqui Murray (28:59), Laura Byrne (29:23 first timer) and Michelle Sheridan (33:34 first timer).  Julia Rolfe attended the Preston Parkrun and achieved a time of 25:44 and was the 9th female to finish.

Ian Tate ran the Warrington park run and achieved a time of 20:28 which was a new pb.
On Sunday 17th September, it was the English Half Marathon in Warrington Cheshire.  The English Half Marathon is part of EHM’s Festival of Run, there was also a 5k and 10 k run.  The runners in the EHM set off from Victoria Park and head towards the southern communities of South Warrington taking in some rural parts, on traffic free roads on a mainly flat, but in parts undulating course, finishing at the new athletics track back in the park.
Lytham had several members competing and there were some excellent achievements.  Neil Tate of Lytham ran the 5k and Michelle Hook, Jennifer Hill and Catherine Carrudus the 10 k.
Many Lytham members completed the EHM, Andy Draper, Neil Tate, Thomas Howarth, Alex Tate, John Bertenshaw, Ian Tate, Kevin Murray, Jacqui Murray, Kirsten Burnett, Robert Parker and Paul Veevers.  Andy Draper completed the EHM in 1:15:15 which was 15 seconds’ shy of the current Senior Men’s record time held by Nigel Thompson achieved in March 2006 in Liverpool.  The results for the EHM, 5k and 10 k are not yet available.

The Northern Veterans track and field championships is open to the best Veteran athletes in the north of England were hosted by Bury AC on Sunday 17th September and just three Lytham athletes (Graham Webster, Russ Chew and Terry Hellings) made the trip.   The 800m was the first event to feature Lytham athletes and all three toed the line.  All three picked up medals with Graham Webster taking M65 silver in 2:46:7, Terry Hellings M60 bronze in 3m 2s.

Less than an hour later Webster and Hellings were again in action in the 3000m with Hellings going one better than his 800m performance to take M60 silver in 12:42 and Webster picking up another silver in 12:14. The 1500m was the next event featuring Lytham athletes where Hellings and Webster ran their third race of the day in just a few hours.   Webster again picked up M65 silver in 5:48 and Hellings going one better again to take M60 gold in 6:13. The final track event of the day was the 400m, Webster took his fourth M65 silver in 75s and Russ Chew finished 5th M55 in 82s.  A successful day for LSARRC picking up 8 medals form 9 races.

Felicity Wolohan
Felicity Wolohan ran the Belfast City Half Marathon on Sunday 17th.  Brilliant weather conditions for the race resulted in Wolohan getting a pb of 1:27:47 and was 168th overall out of 3000 runners and 6th female.

9 junior Lytham members completed the Park view Lytham Junior Park run.  Morgan Pritchard was the first home in 7:49 and Amara Thorpe (9:16) was the first female and Charlotte Thomson second female in (9:17 (pb).  Other runners included, Finlay Hughes (8:12), Clemmie Tierney (9:24), Billy Breakell (9:29), Holly Anderson (9:30), Jayden Richardson (9:35), Charlotte Fisher (10.50), and Rebecca Fisher (10:53).
At the Avenham junior parkrun in Preston Eric Wrigley was the second male home in a time of 8:47.

Report by Vanessa Thomson (Press Secretary)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

LSARRC News 12th September 2017

On Wednesday, the final race in the summer Inter Club Series took place at Worden Park, Leyland.  On a cool and windy autumnal evening Lytham St Anne’s Road Runners Ladies team yet again excelled by winning their race thereby the whole series by a good margin.

Catherine Carrdus, Michelle Hook, Jenny Hill and Mel Koth were all top ten ladies finishers on the night with Kathy Gaunt making up the winning team.

Other notable team results were the vets 60s coming third again while the whole team came fourth over the season, up two places on last year from seven clubs competing. Individually, Joe Greenwood and Paul Veevers gave excellent performances on the night finishing fourth and ninth respectively.

The North-West Counties Road Relays were this year held on Saturday in Stanley Park, and Lytham were represented by eleven teams in total.  These were four senior men’s teams, one senior women’s, and a club record six junior teams.

The day started early with the girls’ and boys’ Under 11 races, each athlete running 1.6k. In the girls, Clemmie Tierney was the equal 8th fastest in the whole race with a time of 7:12. Jessica Ramsden, running the “B” leg wasn’t far behind with 7:16. Amara Thorpe ran the “C” leg in 7:47 for the team to come 22nd overall. Charlotte Thomson (7:19) and Ella Wiseman (8:09) ran as an incomplete team.

For the boys, Charlie Ormerod was equal 7th in the race in 6:23. Finlay Hughes (6:37) and Eric Wrigley (6:47) made up the Lytham “A” team that finished 11th. Billy Breakell (7:24), Lewis Bentley (6:25) and 9th overall, and Jack Greaves (7:28) were the “B” team in 21st.

Lytham’s performance of the day was from Sophie Bohannon who was 2nd overall in the U13 girls, running her 3.2k in 12:49. Sydney Ramsden (15:06) and
Rebecca Fisher (16:37) were the others in the team that finished 31st.

For the U13 boys Morgan Pritchard (13:06), Jake Balshaw (16:12) and Francis Morrison (16:03) made up the team that came 34th.

In the 3.2k U15 girls Lytham “A”, consisting of Laura Bremner (14:03), Lucy Bohannon (15:54) and Emily Balshaw (13:47) finished 19th. The “B” team were
Jennifer Hayes (16:56), Rebecca Tate (20:21) and Alicia Middlehurst (13:16) in 23rd.

There was some confusion in the senior women’s race with some competitors unable to follow the course as they should have. However, Lytham’s Mel Koth (24:12), Jenny Aldworth (22:26) and Alex Everest (25:21) did well to finish 28th from 51 teams, and 7th in Lancashire.

The senior men fielded three teams of four with each competitor running 6.6k. The “A” team of Joe Greenwood (22:46), Paul Veevers (23:56), Andy Draper (22:48) and Tom Howarth (25:03) were 24th overall, and 10th in Lancashire.

The “B” and “C” teams were 54th and 74th respectively with Ross McKelvie (23:44), Neil Tate (24:21), Ian Tate (27:15), Graham Webster (27:59), Terry Hellings (29:00), Richard Storey (31:20), Nigel Simpkin (33:12), and Greg Oulton (35:59).

Also on Saturday 15 LSARRC members completed the Lytham Hall Park run, Neil Tate ran impressively securing first position in a time of 18:06, just short of a pb.    Catherine Carrudus was the first female home in 19:40, 4th overall, and 2 runners achieved the milestone of completing their 50th run.

Other times:  Mark Selby (20:51), Neil Bayntun-Roberts (21:02, 50th run), Darran Ames (21:46, 50th run), G Browne (22:59), James Buckley (24:35), Stephen Tate (26:49), Laura Byrne (28:32), Ruth Bye (28:51), Graham Young (29:44), David Rigby (31:37), Sarah Bradshaw (32:35), Michelle Sheridan (32:43) and Sarah Bagshaw (33:10).

At the Blackpool parkrun 3 Lytham runners achieved pb’s.  Mark Hughes achieved a pb of 21:40 and Graham Webster completed his 50th run in 21:52. Susan Samme also achieved a pb of 22:32, as did Ian Balshaw 26:51.

Julia Rolfe was the sole Lytham runner at Preston parkrun and she completed the course in 25:44.  Olivia Johnson Allen ran the Frimley Lodge parkrun in a time of 28:44 and Felicity Wolohan attended the Princes parkrun in Liverpool and achieved a time of 25:44.

At the Simplyhealth Great North Run held on 10th September 3 Lytham runners took part.  Michelle Hook completed the course in a fast time of 01:31:12 and knocked off 3 minutes of her pb and came 1025.  Kirsten Burnett achieved a time of 02:11:17 and Jacqueline Murray in 02:12:16.

On Sunday Emily Balshaw and Eric Wrigley attended the Open Medal Meeting (athletics) at Stanley Park Blackpool.  Eric ran very well and came 6th in the 600 metre race in a time of 2:10, and Emily Balshaw dominated the 800m race and secured first position in a time of 2:38.

Also on Sunday Morgan Pritchard led the way for LSARRC, and secured first place at the Lytham Parkview junior park run.  Morgan completed the course in 7:43.  Amara Thorpe was the first girl home, and ran the course in 9:32.  Other results included:  Jayden Richardson (10:35), Jack Greaves (12:00), Eric Wrigley (12:45 support runner for Emily Wrigley) and Sophie Tate (14:01).

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

LSARRC News 6th September 2107

Terry Hellings and Charlotte Thomson at Lytham Hall parkrun
At the Lytham Hall parkrun held on Saturday 2nd September LSARRC secured the first 3 spots, with Andrew Draper, Jo Greenwood and Paul Veevers.  All 3 ran under 18 minutes and the competition for the first two spots was hotly contested making the dual a very entertaining watch.   The Lytham ladies not to be overshadowed also gained the first 3 female spots and three pb’s with Gill Draper, Jennifer Hill and Emily Balshaw.  Altogether 28 Lytham runners completed the course, 5 achieved pb’s and 6 reached their 50th run milestone.

Results:  Andrew Draper (17:24), Joe Greenwood (17:33), Paul Veevers (17:41), Mark Selby (19:45), Gill Draper (20:54), Mark Hughes (20:52), Jennifer Hill (21:01), Morgan Pritchard (21:12), Emily Balshaw (21:20), Darran Ames (21:31), Sophie Bohannon (21:44), Chris Bowker (22:08). G Browne (22:35), Neil Tate (22:51), Robert Parker (24:19), Eric Wrigley (24:27), Lucy Bohannon (26:12), Claire England (26:22), Jacqui Murray (27:15), Laura Byrne (29:37), Jake Balshaw (29:42), Ian Balshaw (29:43), Charlotte Thomson (29:56), Terry Hellings (29:57), Jeremey McCandless (32:19), Michelle Sheridan (33:16), and Sarah Bagshaw (35:49).

Gill Draper followed by Jennifer Hill
Catherine Carrdus completed the Preston parkrun on Saturday and was the first female home in 19:36. Rebecca Willets ran Highbury Fields in 27:26, Ian Tate Warrington in 21:09 and Graham Webster was at Exeter Riverside, finishing the 5k in 20:56

Paul Veevers at Lytham Hall parkrun
On Sunday in the Golden Ball 20-mile race Felicity Wolohan smashed her pb by a full nine minutes with a time of 2:21:41. Held on a network of paths around the Lancaster area, the course is fast and flat and runners use these races when building up to a marathon. Mike Toft also represented the club, finishing fifth with an excellent time of 2:01:43 while Felicity was the 22nd overall and the second lady.

Morgan Pritchard at Park View junior parkrun

On Sunday 3rd September 12 Lytham juniors completed the 2k parkrun at Park View in Lytham.   Morgan Pritchard finished 6th in 8:15, closely followed by Eric Wrigley in 8:19.   They were joined by Finlay Hughes (8:38), Billy Breakell (9:19), Charlotte Thomson (9:39), Jayden Richardson (9:47), Holly Anderson (9:48), Charlotte Fisher (10:20), Lucy Whiteside (10:38), Jack Greaves (10:39), Reef Breakell (11:52) and Sophie Tate (14:32).

Also on Sunday 4 Lytham members ran the scenic and undulating Garstang half marathon.  Alex Tate was 13th in 1:26 and Ian 50th in 1:38. Jacqui Murray and Kirsten Burnett also ran the race as a warm up to the Great North run in 2:11.  The runners will have been glad of the gentle drizzle through the steeper sections of the course.

The fifth race of the club’s annual handicap competition took place on Thursday with 28 members racing the 4.3-mile summer course. Twelve earned extra points for personal or season best times, while Andy Draper and Paul Veevers entered the men’s all-time top twenty list with their performances.

Paul was the winner on the night with father and son Steve and Ian Tate second and third respectively. Catherine Carrdus was the first lady back, with a pb of just fourteen seconds off the ladies’ course record. Bob Clough still leads the field with seven races to go but his lead has been cut to just nine points.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

LSARRC News 29th August 2107

LSARRC at Blackpool Illuminations 10k and 5k runs
Saturday 26th August proved a very busy day for LSARRC as members competed in numerous events.  Emily Balshaw was Lytham’s sole representative at the Mid Lancs Track and Field meeting which was held at Stanley Park in Blackpool.  The under 15 athlete demonstrated her strength in the 800m where she just missed out on a medal finishing fourth in 2:30:8 which was just outside her pb.  Later in the day Emily was back on the track and ran the 200m and again finished 4th but this time gained a new pb of 29:9. Emily joined the club in May and since that time has made great progress in such a short space of time.
Emily Balshaw
At Lytham Hall parkrun LSARRC had 19 runners, who completed the new 2 lap course.  Conditions were good and the twisty course was well marshalled, Joe Greenwood managed to secure second place in a time of 17:39 in a field of 185 runners and Michelle Hook was the first lady home in 19:51 which was a new pb.  7 other members achieved the milestone of completing their 50th run, and Lytham ladies excelled and secured 1st, 2nd and 4th positions in the parkrun.   Other runners included:  Joanna Goorney (20:29,  50th run and 2nd female), Morgan Pritchard (20:47,  50th run), Neil Tate (20:47,  50th run), Jennifer Hill (22:08), James Buckley (24:02), Eric Wrigley (24:19), Graham Webster (24:19 50th run), Ian Balshaw (26:24), Greg Oulton 26:51),  Jeremy McCandless (26:24, 50th run), Jacqui Murray (28:12), Robert Parker (28:56, 50th run), Gillian Oliver (29:52, 50th run), Bob Clough (29:52), Charlotte Thomson (33:05), Terry Hellings (33:06) and Michelle Sheridan (34:31).

Darran Ames of Lytham ran in the Blackpool park run and came 19th in a time of 22:23 and achieved his 50th run, and Julia Rolfe completed an evening 5k course in Lancaster and managed a time of 25:23, running along the banks of the river Lune.

In the evening, several Lytham runners completed at the Blackpool Illuminations 10k and 5k runs.  The race started at 8pm on the promenades of Blackpool and evening run was lit by the world-famous illuminations.  Congratulations to Paul Veevers who came 3rd in a time of 18:33 in the 5K event.   Another one of the highlights was  Kathy Gaunt, Sue Hawitt and Claire England coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the lady vet over 50 category.  Results were as follows:  Kathy Gaunt (24:19:7), Susan Hawitt (25:47:4), Claire England (27:54:5), Laura Byrne (29:27:3), Francis Morrison (29:35:1), and Jacqui Murray (30:51:8).

In the 10 k Illuminations run Alex Tate came 4th in an excellent time of 37:37:6.  Other runners included Ross McKelvie (44:25), Melanie Koth (44:58:5), Chris Bowker (48:40:3), Colin Laidlaw (48:44:1), Alexandra Everest (49:37:6), Robert Parker (52:57:2), Kirsten Burnett (55:03:6), Ruth Bye (57:48:6),  and Penny Morrison (1:13:19).

At Park View Junior parkrun in Lytham on Sunday, 9 runners completed the course.  Results:  Amara Thorpe (9:13), Clemmie Tierney (09:19), Charlotte Thomson (09:28), Jake Balshaw (09:37 pb), Charlotte Fisher (09:56), Jayden Richardson (10:01), Lucy Whiteside (10:36), Rebecca Fisher (10:42), and Jack Greaves (11:15).  Congratulations to Jake Balshaw who ran especially well and secured a new pb.

Eric Wrigley ran brilliantly at the Avenham Park junior park run and secured 1st place in a new pb of 8:36.

Also on Sunday Paul Veevers of Lytham competed in the West Lancs Summer Triathlon in Ormskirk which involved a 400m swim, 11.7-mile bike ride and a 5k run.  Paul completed the event in 1:06:34 for 43rd position overall, his run time was17:45 5th fastest on the day.
Lytham Road Runners also attended the activities at Lytham Sportfest on Saturday and Sunday at Park View Playing fields.  With the weather, perfect for taking part in sport, the 90-metre athletics challenge proved very popular over the weekend with children and adults keen to beat their fastest times posted throughput the day.  The club had a chance to talk to members of the public about joining the club and promoting their upcoming race- the Green Drive Five and junior mile on October 22nd.
Club picnic
 Finally, LSARRC hosted a club picnic on Lytham Green on Sunday.  Over 50 members attended the event which included a 2k and 5 k predictor run.  Runners had to predict what time they would achieve and the closest predictions won a prize.  Lots of fun was had by all at the event finished with a enjoyable game of rounder’s.

By Vanessa Thomson